Case Study: Upgrading Food Waste to Insect Protein
  Apr 25, 2022     News, Library, Document, waste, biowaste, organic waste, Case Study, waste sector desk, Bioeconomy

GreenCape, in partnership with the City of Cape Town, has published a new case study titled "Food Waste Upcycling: Upgrading Food Waste to Insect Protein". The case study highlights the example of Inseco, an insect protein company providing the food value chain with a cost-effective landfill alternative.

The case study discusses:

- Diverting food waste from landfills;

- Upcycling food waste into high value products;

- Reducing disposal overheads;

- Reducing disposal liabilities;

- Facilitating a resilient food system.

South Africa’s cities are running out of safe places to dispose of waste. Cape Town, for example, may run short of airspace as early as 2032. 

An estimated 14.5% of the City of Cape Town’s landfilled waste consists of food waste, but this could be even closer to 20% based on other residual organics found at landfills.

Cape Town hosts a diverse number of cost effective food waste landfill alternatives, several of which leverage Black Soldier Fly larvae to upcycle organic wastes into high end products.

Inseco is an insect protein company providing the food value chain with a cost-effective landfill alternative, whilst also providing the animal feed and pet food industry with a consistent supply of high quality protein. There are clear economic, environmental and business benefits in use BSF larvae to upcycle food waste.

To access the full case study, click here.